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Setting the Standard for Excellence and Affordability​​

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Access to Excellence, our new tuition rate initiative, is a forward step designed to increase access and bring the transformative experience of a Virginia Union University education within closer reach for all.​​

Access to Excellence makes undergraduate tuition rates more affordable by 32 percent. VUU is the first university in the Commonwealth of Virginia to launch an initiative of this kind. It is designed to narrow the gap between our published price and what students actually pay after their financial aid is applied. VUU is committed to:

  1. Reducing the cost of higher education which will lower, and in some cases, eliminate the loan debt of our students.
  2. Maintaining financial aid and scholarship packages.
  3. Providing greater access to families who believed that higher education was not financially possible.
  4. Offering a transformative academic experience to a more diverse student population at an exceptional value.

Accessibility has been part of the VUU mission for nearly 155 years. Through Access to Excellence, VUU is now the highest value and lowest cost HBCU in the Commonwealth of Virginia. When you do the math, Access to Excellence makes VUU more accessible and affordable for students and families. 

We’re simply making an educational experience already recognized as an exceptional value – an even better one.​

Why is VUU reducing its tuition?​​ 

VUU generated the new financial structure after months of investigating tuition, room and board, and fees of peer university’s in Virginia and comparable universities nationally. A close review of the cumulative amount of student loans and default rates of those loans was also conducted.  The study concluded that the best way to reduce/eliminate the amount of student loans and also decrease the default rate on payments was to reduce the overall cost of tuition.

Who is eligible to receive the new tuition rate?​​ 

All students who are enrolled at Virginia Union University for the Fall 2020 semester are eligible to receive the new tuition rate. Current students will received the new rates beginning in Fall 2020. The rate is not retro-active.

Will VUU still offer financial aid and scholarships?​​ 

Yes, VUU will still offer financial aid and scholarships.

Will graduate tuition be changing with this new program?​​ 

While undergraduate tuition will go down, students seeking a Master’s and Doctorate degree will see an increase. Tuition for Masters degree programs will cost $451 per credit, an increase of $92. Tuition for the Doctorate program will cost $551 per credit, an increase of $295 per credit hour. The increased rates for these programs align with current pricing trends and keeps VUU as a competitive and affordable option among peer institutions.

Will tuition ever return to the current level?​​ 

Our goal is continue offering the new, lower rate "Access to Excellence" tuition as part of our standard cost of education. We will continue to look for ways to better meet the needs of our students with the hope of increasing our enrollment numbers and recruiting people of all ethnicities and races.

When does the new tuition go into effect?​​ 

The new tuition will go into effect for the Fall 2020-21 school year for all enrolled students.

How will current students be affected?

​​All current students who enroll for the Fall 2020-21 school year will receive the price decrease with the award packages they receive. The tuition resent is not retro-active and will not change the previous tuition rate and packages. 

How can VUU afford to do this?​​

VUU desires for all students to have a successful career and life after graduation without the burden of paying off debt, which could take a decade or more to clear. VUU is committed to:

  1. Reducing the cost of higher education which will lower, and in some cases, eliminate the loan debt of our students.
  2. Maintaining financial aid and scholarship packages.
  3. Providing greater access to families who believed that higher education was not financially possible.
  4. Offering a transformative academic experience to a more diverse student population at an exceptional value.